DVTA Annual Business Meeting


All current, paid DVTA members are invited to join us for the DVTA Annual Meeting and enjoy delicious munchies and refreshments on December 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at:

Magna Legal Services
1635 Market Street
7 Penn Center, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

We shall announce our plans for 2016 and meet up with colleagues old and new.
This is your chance to network and see the results next year! Bring your cards with you and drop one off with Magna as well!

There is plenty of parking available in the area. One option is right next to The Corner Bakery, across from Magna, at JFK and 17th Street. Here is a map of the area lots: http://www.parkwhiz.com/1635-market-st-parking/

Donations of soft baby carriers / financial contributions welcome! John Leahy and Kathryn Hiester will dispatch them for refugee relief efforts.

RSVP to Carlota Dalziel: rc4dalziel@comcast.net or 484-437-2453

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2015 DVTA Summer Picnic and Networking Event – August 27 from 5:30 to 7:30

Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CoAppleford_Fountainme celebrate summer on the beautiful grounds of Appleford Estate. Surrounded by 24 picturesque acres, the sprawling fieldstone structure is a handsome example of early Pennsylvania farmhouse architecture dating back more than 300 years. The property, originally part of a land grant from William Penn, is carefully maintained as an arboretum and bird sanctuary. With its blossoming trees and boxwood gardens, stone walls and clear streams, Appleford provides a serene sense of beauty in every season.

Ample parking is available at the end of the long tree-lined drive, a few hundred yards from the house and gardens. Join us on the terrace to enjoy the charm and warmth of this historic Villanova estate and meet old friends and new members in a spectacular setting.

Our theme this year is an “All-American Barbecue” with the following menu:

Iced Tea, Lemonade and Spring Water
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Garden Burgers
Sliced Tomato, Pickles & Onions, Condiments, Rolls and Sliced American Cheese
Potato Chips, Garden Salad, Vinaigrette, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots and Green Peppers

Assorted Brownies, Homebaked Cookies and Watermelon Wedges 

Don’t miss this opportunity to come and network with other DVTA members! Check your email inbox for the Eventbrite invitation to this free event.
Space is limited; so, RSVP today!

Location: Appleford Estate
770 Mt. Moro Road
Villanova, PA 19085
Date:        Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time:        5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The DVTA would like to thank the following Corporate Members for helping to make this event possible:

                      GOLD SPONSOR

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             BRONZE SPONSOR
Philadelphia Language Services, LLC

QUESTIONS?? Email Maria at maria@mariaweir.com or call her at 610-745-4919.

PLEASE NOTE: Since our space and budget force us to limit attendees to a maximum of 120, it would be unfair to exclude other DVTA members who might want to register to attend if we quickly reach our maximum quota within the first weeks by allowing children and spouses. It should be noted that this is primarily a professional networking event for the benefit of DVTA members,  and would not be set up to offer much in the way of interest or entertainment for children.


Spring into Action 2015 – Planting the Seeds of Professional Success for Language Interpreters and Translators April 25 and 26, 2015 – La Salle University By Carlota Dalziel



How best to put words to this experience? A weekend treat, both from the intellectual and social angles. Two days dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in an atmosphere of great camaraderie and a “je ne sais quoi” difficult to express in writing. The conference was well attended. There were 133 guests. The speakers were impressive and the wide variety of the themes they covered appealed to both interpreters and translators. Food and drinks served were first class and contributed to a feeling of contentment. No wine, alas! The good stuff, though, flowed generously at the dinners on both days. The one offered at Rosa Blanca in Old City on Saturday evening was followed by a guided tour of historic old city graciously given by Donna Jarvela, Conservator and Restorer of the Cultural and Art Heritage. It proved especially informative to the out-of-town folk, as well as to the visiting speakers. The optional evening activities were superbly organized by Armando Ezquerra Hasbun. DVTA Program Chair Maria Weir did a wonderful job at organizing the dinner at Rosa Blanca as well as selecting the menus for all the meals enjoyed throughout the weekend. She was assisted by Program Co-Chair Carlota Dalziel.

Together with ATA’s Spanish Division the DVTA excelled at putting on this outstanding event, to which the Hispanic Institute of La Salle University contributed by providing a great venue, as well as the coffee break refreshments.

It would make for too lengthy an article to detail all the sessions open to the attending public. A few of the speakers, though, are worth mentioning here. James Plunkett, Coordinator of Interpreter Services and of the Language Access Program of the District of Columbia Courts, Matthew Schlecht, scientific medical translator, Armando Ezquerra Hasbun, certified by the Federal Courts, NAJIT and by ATA in the English › Spanish language pair, Anthony Rivas, core faculty at the University of Arizona’s Agnese Haury Institute and Antonio Martin from Spain, a Spanish Philology specialist from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Other outstanding presenters were Heidi Cazes Sevilla, Leticia Molinero, Izaskun Orkwis, Gabriela Jenicek, Doborah Saldaña, Renee Wulf, Rudy Tellez, Georganne Weller, Virginia Valencia, Rudy Heller and Marian Greenfield (former ATA President from 2005 to 2007). DVTA President, Antonio Guerra, also gave an informative presentation on The Power of Collective Engagement. Intensive skill-building workshops were also offered to both translators and interpreters. One of particular interest given by Armando Ezquerra Hasbun was titled “The Subtle Art of Transcreation.” This author found it inspiring and thought-provoking, being a subject rarely touched upon in similar seminars. Transcreation is a term used chiefly by advertising and marketing professionals to refer to the process of adapting a message from one language to another, while maintaining its intent, style, tone and context. As a working interpreter, this author was keenly interested in the workshop, where successful interpretation was defined as the art of accurately conveying meaning and “evoking the same emotions and carrying the same implications in the target language as it does in the source language.”


Another story that merits a special mention was one brought up by Anne Connor, DVTA secretary and former president. It happened at one of the final sessions on Sunday with the Panel of Experts on Translation -which ran right into the Translation Roundtable. Giovanna Lester was moderating a panel formed by Kirk Anderson, Marian Greenfield, Antonio Martin, Anthony Rivas and Anne Connor. I quote Anne: “When an audience member asked a question about proofreading/editing one’s own work, Antonio Martin preferred to answer in Spanish. Gio then asked if there were any non-Spanish speakers in the room. Three interpreters from the School District of Philadelphia (two Khmer and one Mandarin) raised their hands. At that, Rudy Heller hopped out of his chair in the front row and crouched behind the three interpreters, simultaneously and flawlessly interpreting every word that came out of Antonio Martin’s mouth, as well as a follow-up comment from another audience member who preferred to tell her story in Spanish because of the poorly translated Spanish words she’d seen at a doctor’s office. It really summed up the spirit of the whole weekend!” End of quote.

Armando Ezquerra Hasbun ably chaired Spring into Action, assisted by the DVTA board and Francesca Samuel, head of ATA’s SPA. A very effective team indeed. Comments on the seminar have been pouring in. Here are a few:

“You deserve a standing ovation for the amazing conference” (Sylvia Castellanos). “I finally learned how I can actually practice to improve my skills, rather than just have all the material thrown at me and then just be told, go home and practice.” (Christina Verduin). “Tony, Armando, Anne, Maria and Carlota went over, above and beyond what was expected of them, in making things work so smoothly … What an experience! A success at all levels: the welcome, details, preparation, selection of speakers, attendees, location… weather too!”(Gio Lester). “I had a great time; made new acquaintances, renewed old ones, and learned more about the interpreter business than I have been able to glean in all my previous years. I also appreciated the chocolate and cookies in the goodie bag that I was given after the sessions on Saturday! Someone knows about my sweet tooth!” (Matthew Schlecht). Each speaker at the seminar received a goodie bag.

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On Sunday afternoon before the roundtable sessions, and outside in the pleasant sunny weather, a musical group spontaneously came together and delighted attendees with an impromptu concert. Many in the audience joined in the singing with gusto. DVTA member and First Judicial District of Philadelphia staff interpreter, Javi Aguilar, had brought his guitar and other musical instruments. Once he got started it didn’t take long before people were singing and dancing along with him! James Plunkett from the Washington, D.C. courts joined in and played on Javi’s guitar with great enthusiasm. Javi also played wooden flutes while a few from the public provided the percussion, using Javi’s Costa Rican shells to great effect. This joyous display of talent will no doubt be fondly remembered by performers and audience alike.

The last Sunday event was held at Olney 100. A round table with a panel of experts had been invited by DVTA for the occasion. The panel members were James Plunkett, from the DC Superior Courts, The Honorable Ida K. Chen, from the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania (a frequent guest at DVTA events), and Mr.Osvaldo Aviles, from the Administrative Office of the Courts of PA. It turned out to be a very lively and informative session, with a brisk exchange of questions and answers on the latest issues in the field of interpretation. Judge Chen’s lively contribution was inspiring, best expressed in the words of Tony Guerra, DVTA’s president “Thank you for lending your phenomenal presence, wit and wisdom to contribute to the success of our event. It was encouraging and thrilling to have experienced so many individuals gathered with the common goal of quality, skill and ethics in language access and so fitting to have you and Osvaldo in our midst.”

A delicious dinner on Sunday night at Tierra Colombiana brought to a close an unforgettable seminar. There was definitely a “je ne sais quoi” to this event, and I don’t mind repeating myself! Thank you DVTA! Thank you ATA SPD! Thank you La Salle Hispanic Institute! The successful outcome was the earned reward. An appreciated parting touch was a free headshot offered to all attendees by the team of professional photographers in charge of photographing the group at closing on Sunday. All good things come to an end…

DVTA Luncheon Gala – Cabrini College – Sunday, March 22, 2015 By: Carlota Dalziel


The event went swimmingly. With 120 members in attendance and 25 language pairs represented the luncheon was a winner. DVTA Secretary Anne Connor, assisted by her daughter Jackie and DVTA member Eileen Haag, welcomed the guests as they arrived. Members were greeted by rousing music that firmly set the festive mood in the charming Tudor setting of The Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini College. Plants on every table and flower vases filled with spring daffodils arranged throughout the rooms further enhanced the beauty of the venue.  Guests were encouraged to mark their country of origin with drawing pins on a large map set up in the main lounge. The map soon became a mass of brightly colored dots that sent many a member scurrying around the rooms in search of an unknown countryman.


Program co-chairs Maria Weir and Carlota Dalziel opened the event and gave guests a warm welcome. Each sponsor was introduced and recognized with enthusiastic applause. The sponsors were: La Salle University, represented by Dr. Carmen Lamas, Cross Cultural Communications, represented by Michelle Gallagher, Magna Voce, represented by Maria Perez-Chambers and Catalina Natalini and Accent Interpreting, represented by Gilbert Ruiz.

Next, DVTA President, Tony Guerra, welcomed the guests and introduced the board members. He went on to invite participants to register for the DVTA and ATA Spanish Division April seminar Spring into Action to be held at La Salle University on April 25 and 26. One of the main organizers of the event, Armando Esquerra Hasbun, was introduced as the person who would respond to any questions on the seminar. Early birds would get a special discount, and those registering at the luncheon itself would get an additional discount. Armando’s information table was kept very busy throughout the afternoon with registrants signing up and making their choices regarding seminar sessions.


The food can only be described as exquisite, and the service (drinks and lunch), as first class.  There were three different hot and cold food stations. Another one offered soft drinks and wine, and yet another tempted everyone with delicious desserts. Coffee and tea was available throughout the afternoon. The way the stations were placed in different spots throughout the spacious and well-appointed rooms enabled guests to circulate, mingle and avoid long waits and jams. Tables were set for lunch but this didn’t stop most guests from getting up to freely move around the rooms and effectively network.

The event wound up way beyond the intended time of 3pm. There were closing remarks by Tony Guerra, who thanked the guests for coming and encouraged them to attend the next DVTA event in April. Armando Hasbun briefly outlined the plans for the Spring into Action seminar, which promises to be a big success.


DVTA Winter Networking Luncheon – Mansion at Cabrini


DVTA is thrilled to be using the Woodcrest Mansion, the centerpiece of Cabrini College, featuring a French-Themed menu provided by Flavours by Sodexo, for our end-of-winter event.

Woodcrest Mansion, which we recently used for our annual meeting with resounding success, has been a unique venue for events since it was built in 1901. Designed by Horace Trumbauer in an elaborate Elizabethan Tudor style, it has provided a glittering setting for numerous receptions, such as the wedding reception of Mary Astor Paul to millionaire Charles A. Munn.

In 1925 the Paul family sold the mansion and 120 acres of the Woodcrest estate to Dr. John Torrance, president of Campbell Soup. In 1953 the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary purchased the property and four years later founded Cabrini College. The Mansion was named to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2009.

610 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087
(610) 902-8153
Price: $35.00 (Tax and Gratuity included)
CAMPUS MAP (The Mansion is #12 on the map, and the best campus entrance to use is King of Prussia Road – #14): http://www.cabrini.edu/About/Visit-Cabrini/Campus-Map
Questions?  Call Maria at 610-745-4919

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